With this being the first time I’d come across Dubliner’s Cfit, something that initially struck me about this four track EP entitled ‘Morning Bruise’, wasn’t the music but the smart play on words of its opening track “Coke and Spiriters”. An odd choice to begin a review with perhaps?! The song itself begins with the swooning sounds of various bleeps, loops, and keys, all of which are mixed with faint, yet drawn out vocal soundscapes. It’s just shy of 90 seconds into the track, before you’re introduced to the vocal tones of Noel Dulpaa – which at times resembles that of Neil Hannon, from The Divine Comedy & The Duckworth Lewis Method fame. The song effortlessly builds up into a crescendo of the aforementioned loops, while the layering of strings and crisp drumming, allows the song to grow, yet somehow never loses its atmospheric edge.
Next up is “Heliophilia”, which is a far more lush sounding and electronic heavy track, with its constant mish-mash of high pitched tones, easily fitting alongside the keys and soaring, albeit sparse vocals, throughout. There’s an obvious nod to the work of Keiran Hebdon, aka Fourtet, thrown in for good measure too. If you were to lay back, close your eyes and relax, this is a tune that can easily take you far, far away and send you into the ‘post hypnotic state’ that Dulpaa strives for here.
If the term singer songwriter or dare I say it ballad, can for a moment be thrust into a situation like this, then “Tenderfoot in Morning” would be the one piece here that undoubtedly falls into this category. Duplaa’s vocals come to the fore right from the off, in this acoustic led number, where his ability to pen beautifully yearning lyrics, is clearly discernible for all to hear. This is not to say a complete turnaround has occurred in the space of just three songs however, quite the contrary, as there are still elements of the band’s adherence in its use of ambient sounds, quite evidently on show.
With closing number “Spitefuck” starting off with the line ‘we were better off before, we let them sink their teeth into our neck’, as well as the words ‘love will lie’ being sung repeatedly, it’s clear that a former relationship must have turned sour. This downtrodden theme of heartache and despair is played out over a backdrop of intricate, yet upbeat musical layers for the most part. Duplaa’s poignant vocal portrayal of a hurting soul, never takes away from the rest of the song however, as all the various elements that make Cfit, such a rare and wonderful find, are constant throughout not just this final song, but this exciting release as a whole.
This review was written for No More Workhorse